Dir. Sophie Huber, 2018, Switzerland/USA, 85 mins
LDN Premiere - Sunday 11 November 3pm - TICKETS – Picturehouse Central + Q&A
Encore Screening - Saturday 17 November 1pm - TICKETS – Ronnie Scotts + Q&A
Beyond the Notes explores the vision behind an iconic American jazz record label. Since 1939, Blue Note artists have been encouraged to push creative boundaries in search of uncompromising expressions. Through current recording sessions and rare archive footage and conversations with iconic Blue Note artists, the film offers an intimate perspective on a still-vital legacy. As legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter join a new generation of groundbreaking Blue Note artists including Robert Glasper and Ambrose Akinmusire to record an All-Stars album, their reflections lead us back to the highly influential figures of the past on which the legacy of Blue Note is built: Thelonious Monk, Bud Powell, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Miles Davis. The values that jazz embodies and that Blue Note has promoted since its inception – freedom of expression, equality and dialogue – are as relevant today as they were when the label was founded.
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